McAfee Advanced Threat Defense

McAfee Advanced Threat Defense

Advanced detection for stealthy, zero-day malware

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McAfee Advanced Threat Defense detects today’s stealthy, zero-day malware with an innovative, layered approach. It combines low-touch antivirus signatures, reputation, and real-time emulation defenses with in-depth static code and dynamic, malware analysis (sandboxing) to analyze the actual behavior of malware. Combined, this represents the strongest advanced anti-malware technology in the market, and effectively balances the need for both security and performance.

With the addition of Advanced Threat Defense to the McAfee security portfolio, McAfee addresses the three key requirements to solve today’s advanced malware problem: find, freeze, and fix. Advanced Threat Defense finds advanced malware and integrates with McAfee network security solutions to freeze the threat, while McAfee Real Time initiates a fix or remediation actions.

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Features & Benefits

Ensure more accurate threat detection

Reduce the chances of missed malware or false positives. McAfee Advanced Threat Defense uses advanced static code and dynamic analysis (sandboxing) to provide the most detailed assessment and data on malware classification. Stealthy malware and zero-day threats are packed or obfuscated to evade detection. Advanced Threat Defense employs strong unpacking to break through evasive techniques, enabling thorough analysis and accurate classification. With broad operating system support, threats are analyzed under the same conditions as the actual host profile, so you catch more malware with fewer false alerts.

Respond to threats faster

Quickly and seamlessly move from advanced malware analysis and conviction to protection and resolution — a more comprehensive, efficient approach to the malware problem. Down selection — first using a mix of signatures, reputation, and real-time emulation — helps quickly identify a broad range of malware, producing fast detection results and reducing the number of files requiring more thorough sandbox analysis.

Lower TCO

Centralized deployment enables multiple McAfee network devices to share the same malware analysis appliance, reducing the number of required appliances, simplifying administration, and cost-effectively scaling security across your network. Advanced Threat Defense can leverage your existing McAfee security solutions, reducing the need for network rearchitecture and minimizing operational costs.

Leverage a single security vendor with tight product integration

McAfee offers all essential components to find advanced malware, freeze the threat, and initiate a fix. Offering an end-to-end solution that integrates advanced threat analysis, network products, and endpoint solutions, McAfee provides organization-wide visibility and context for threats, while reducing response time and simplifying remediation.

System Requirements

McAfee Advanced Threat Defense is a self-contained device. There are no minimum software or hardware system requirements.

Appliance Hardware Components ATD-6000 ATD-3000
Dimensions 2RU Rack Mountable 17.24"W x 3.43"H x 28"L 1RU Rack Mountable 17.25"W x 1.70"H x 29"L
Weight 50 lbs. 33 lbs.
Storage Disk space HDD: 4 x 4TB
SSD: 2 x 800 GB
Disk space HDD: 2 x 4TB
SSD: 2 x 400 GB
Maximum Power Consumption 2x 1,600W 2x 750W
Redundant Power Supply AC redundant, hot swappable
AC Voltage 100-240 V at 50–60Hz and 8.5 Amps 100-240 V at 50–60Hz and 5.8 Amps
Temperature +10° to +35° C (operating) -40° to +70° C (non-operating)
Relative Humidity (Non-Condensing) Operational: 10% to 90%; Non-operational: 50% to 90%
Altitude 0–10,000 feet
Safety Certification UL 1950, CSA-C22.2 No. 950, EN-60950, IEC 950, EN 60825, 21CFR1040 CB license and report covering all national country deviations
EMI Certification FCC Part 15, Class A (CFR 47) (USA), ICES-003 Class A



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Awards / Reviews

McAfee Advanced Threat Defense Test Results
McAfee Advanced Threat Defense Test Results

AV-TEST performed a test of the McAfee Advanced Threat Defense appliance to determine its malware detection capabilities.

CRN Ranks McAfee in their 2013 Top 25 Best Companies to Partner With
CRN Ranks McAfee in their 2013 Top 25 Best Companies to Partner With

Ranked by IT solution providers (SPs), CRN Research ranks the Top 25 must-have technology suppliers from a list of nearly 230 companies in 12 product categories that SPs need to consider when formalizing their partnerships today and for the future. 1,000 unique SPs of all types and sizes were surveyed.

SC Magazine
SC Magazine Readers Trust Awards – Best APT Protection

SC Magazine selects McAfee as a finalist for the Readers Trust Awards — Best Advanced Persisten Threat (APT) Protection category.

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McAfee Advanced Threat Defense Test Results

AV-TEST performed a test of the McAfee Advanced Threat Defense appliance to determine its malware detection capabilities.

ESG Lab Validation Report: McAfee Advanced Threat Defense

This ESG Lab Validation report documents hands-on testing of McAfee Advanced Threat Defense, a key component of McAfee’s end-to-end solution for addressing advanced malware. Testing was designed to explore how the solution accurately detects advanced malware using a layered approach, the speed and effectiveness of responding to an attack, and the operational efficiencies of this integrated solution.

Webtorials State-of-the Market Report: Doing Battle with Advanced Malware

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Solution Briefs

McAfee Delivers Comprehensive Threat Protection for the Financial Services Industry

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IT organizations are focused on shifting budgets from capital expenditures (CAPEX) to operational expenditures (OPEX) in an environment where in-house investments can easily get outpaced by an increasingly sophisticated cybercrime ecosystem. McAfee Advanced Threat Defense can help you to differentiate your services and protect customers against zero-day attacks by offering the industry’s most comprehensive threat protection.

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Neutralize Advanced Threats

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Technology Blueprints

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White Papers

Preventing Targeted Attacks with McAfee's Advanced Threat Defense

In this white paper, IDC outlines McAfee Advanced Threat Defense (ATD) within the context of the specialized threat analysis and protection market. Our centralized approach to malware analysis, deep integrations across the product portfolio, and three-pronged focus on "Find, Freeze, Fix" as a way of dealing with threats is unique within the market and provides a more holistic approach than other detection-oriented products.

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